Seven reasons to use Microsoft 365 for project management
This is the latest article in a series discussing what’s possible to achieve using Microsoft 365 as a platform for project management in conjunction with the OnePlace Solutions suite of products. The topics include:
- How to build a project management system on Microsoft 365 SharePoint
- Using SharePoint Team sites for a Project Management System
Project management can mean the difference between success and failure for many businesses. It helps carefully guide projects through to completion while ensuring that every piece of the puzzle moves with direction, control, and purpose. Without it, teams may fail to perform or efficiently meet deadlines, ultimately resulting in projects that don’t meet expectations and having devastating flow-on effects.
Organizations require an effective project management solution to deliver projects on time and budget while achieving success through the planned project outcome. However, while some companies may instinctively look towards implementing a custom solution designed to meet their specific business needs, they often overlook a powerful, more cost-effective solution that they likely already have at their disposal.
Microsoft 365 remains a popular platform of choice for many enterprises across a myriad of industries and is an effective platform to help manage the flow of documents and information. Underpinned by intuitive, easy-to-use applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office, Microsoft 365 delivers collaborative capabilities that make working together on projects almost seamless.
Increasingly, savvy organizations are taking the opportunity to leverage their existing investment in the Microsoft 365 platform and its supporting applications, using it as a more comprehensive project management solution.
There are seven primary reasons Microsoft 365 should be the project management platform of choice for your business needs.
Investing in the extensive Microsoft 365 platform lets your organization reap the benefits of using a platform and applications that many of your employees will already be familiar with. This reduces the need to train staff on complex, bespoke systems, which can save your business time and money in the long term.
The Microsoft 365 platform and its products are designed to integrate seamlessly with each other. This makes it easy for your employees to move between applications without compromising compliance and eliminates the complexities involved in deploying disparate technology systems across your stack.
3. Ongoing support
Microsoft 365 is widely used, and Microsoft continues to invest heavily in its continued development. Updates are delivered automatically across the Microsoft 365 product suite, which ensures your team will always operate from the most secure and modern experience.
4. Collaboration and automation
Microsoft 365 was developed with collaboration at its core. The extensive platform has been enhanced with applications, including Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Office applications, which make it easy for project teams to work together on documents, regardless of their location. This is an essential feature in the modern, hybrid workplace.
5. Information management and security
Microsoft 365 provides a platform for advanced security, workflow, and management of information through the full information management lifecycle. Coupled with advanced collaboration capabilities, the document management and integrated records compliance capabilities of Microsoft 365 mean it’s an ideal platform to manage unstructured content where information management and security is critical.
6. Governance, records, and compliance (GRC)
The Microsoft 365 platform is an effective way for businesses to maintain greater levels of control and compliance across documents and projects. By using Microsoft 365, organizations can create and maintain a digital trail for the interaction with documents and projects as well as associated metadata. Creating comprehensive records as part of the project management process allows businesses to deliver greater levels of compliance and governance across their operations.
7. Reduce costs
Beyond saving time and money by reducing the need for extensive training on multiple platforms, your organization can also save on licensing costs by using the Microsoft 365 platform. Using the full technology stack from one vendor eliminates the additional costs incurred by working with a multitude of providers and can streamline the licensing process, helping ensure the business remains compliant with its software licensing needs.
How OnePlace Solutions works with Microsoft 365 for enhanced project management
For organizations looking to achieve more simplicity across their project management, the OnePlace Solutions product suite can enhance the Microsoft 365 platform even further, helping to deliver even more efficiencies with the support of greater personalization and automation.
OnePlace Solutions empowers businesses with applications, including OnePlaceLive, OnePlaceMail, and OnePlaceDocs to enhance the use of the Microsoft 365 platform as a project management system. This helps to deliver greater personalization that empowers employees to work how they want from where they want within the Microsoft 365 platform of their choice.
Built on a foundation of five pillars—capture, classify, access, action, and create— OnePlace Solutions delivers consistency and simplicity across the Microsoft 365 platform and its supporting applications.
OnePlace Solutions enhances Microsoft 365 as a project management system by empowering users to:
- capture true and accurate records within familiar Microsoft 365 applications
- help protect records and add context by automating metadata capture
- save and classify documents with rich metadata in a single process
- easily collaborate and share information in hybrid work environments
- achieve faster content creation and decision-making.
As a trusted Microsoft Partner, OnePlace Solutions works extensively with Microsoft to deliver and enhance solutions that meet our customers’ needs.
OnePlace Solutions brings document and project management to the user within the familiar interface of the Microsoft 365 platform. Using the Microsoft 365 platform in conjunction with OnePlace Solutions gives organizations access to an extensive project management solution that can be used to deliver seamless, secure, and controlled project management without compromising on compliance. OnePlace Solutions is committed to helping people in business do more, simply.
With the support of OnePlace Solutions, companies can personalize project delivery on an individual level and help to enhance productivity and focus. It helps to simplify and streamline the user experience by prioritizing the delivery of documents and location with consistency, regardless of application.
OnePlace Solutions helps organizations succeed in the modern, digital workplace by connecting people and processes with technology. For more information on how OnePlace Solutions can help your business enhance its operations by using Microsoft 365 as a project management system, contact the team today.
Latest news & blogs
Europe’s top Microsoft technologies conference, ESPC23 took place last week, and we were there, thrilled to be part of it!
This event delivers the opportunity to learn the most up-to-date practices, advice, and techniques from the finest Microsoft 365, SharePoint, Teams, Power Platform, and Azure experts globally, including Microsoft Product team members and independent community leaders, including Regional Directors (RDs), MVPs, and Microsoft Certified Masters (MCMs). Because of this, an extraordinary community of like-minded people converge!
Thank you to everyone who visited our booth during the event or the demo in the community area – it was great to meet old and new faces alike, and hear your feedback and ideas – it shapes our future, so stay tuned for what's to come! If you would like to continue the conversation, please contact us.
Here are key takeaways from ESPC23:
Microsoft 365 Co-Pilot – The Next Big Thing!
- Co-Pilot emerged as a game-changer, but success hinges on quality data input
- Ensure data is centrally stored and easily accessible to maximize Co-Pilot's capabilities
- Data cleanliness is paramount – you get out what you put in! Prioritize accurate data for Co-Pilot effectiveness
- Eliminate outdated or conflicting data to prevent confusion and enhance Co-Pilot's decision-making prowess
SharePoint Embedded Public Preview - Now Available
- Explore a revolutionary way to build custom content apps for enterprises and ISVs with SharePoint Embedded, now available for public preview.
- Learn more about this exciting development announced at ESPC23.
The New Microsoft Teams Client: Performance, Rollout, and Feature Parity
- Since Microsoft announced the general availability of the new rebuilt Teams client in October, ESPC23 delved into discussions about performance enhancements, technical rollout, change management, and achieving feature parity with Teams classic.
- Discover the ins and outs of the new Microsoft Teams client Introducing the new Microsoft Teams client – Teams | Microsoft Learn
In-Person Conferences: The Power of Connection and Networking
- Despite the digital era, in-person conferences remain an invaluable way to connect and network.
- A Microsoft MVP captured the sentiment: "This is the only time I see people in person; I'm now 100% remote. I feel like this is my chance to come to the office and talk with my fellow speakers."
To learn more and explore how we provide a streamlined and consistent approach way for people to engage with business systems built on Microsoft 365 for better information management and governance, contact us for a personalized demo.
Join us at the top European Microsoft Conference, ESPC23 - where an extraordinary community converges to explore the latest innovations and trends in the realm of Microsoft technologies
Join us for Europe’s top Microsoft technologies conference, ESPC23, 27th – 30th November 2023, in Amsterdam.
At ESPC, you will hear the latest expertise on Copilot, Microsoft Teams, AI, Azure, Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Graph, Microsoft Power Platform, Governance, CoE, SharePoint, Migrations, PowerShell.